5 days in New Mexico Itinerary

5 days in New Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Mexico travel route planner
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— 1 night
Santa Fe
— 3 nights


Albuquerque — 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Unser Racing Museum and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary builder site.

San Diego to Albuquerque is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Albuquerque. When traveling from San Diego in December, plan for slightly colder days in Albuquerque, with highs around 49°F, while nights are colder with lows around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Santa Fe — 3 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Santa Fe is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, make a trip to Canyon Road, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe road trip app.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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New Mexico travel guide

Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.